Issue 52

Dry-blend lactose quality is officially recognised

Arla Foods Ingredients meets quality targets set in partnership with key customers

Arla Foods Ingredients has reached another milestone in its production of dry-blend lactose for infant formula. Among the recent improvements, a new powder handling system has increased production yield overall, and the microbiological standard is now officially recognised as second to none.

In 2017, the plant in Denmark will come closer to reaching 100% capacity, satisfying the growing global demand for dry-blend lactose.

Targets met by dedicated employees
Arla Foods Ingredients has been on a journey since the new plant opened in 2014 and the in-house standard for bacterial control was raised to an unprecedented new high.

Employees continue to undergo extensive hygiene training to ensure the new quality targets are consistently met.

“This level of lactose quality opens the door to the most critical customers that produce nutritional products for formula-fed infants and medical nutrition. So, with one of our key accounts in this area, we established a quality partnership that set up mutual quality targets,” says global key account manager Hans-Henrik Wikman.

“We have demonstrated our ability to meet these targets consistently. That’s primarily thanks to the hard work and dedication of the people who work in our dry-blend lactose department.”

High quality and efficient production
Processing optimisations have included the introduction of a new powder handling system, which ensures the uniform size of the lactose crystals. The resulting reduction in product loss due to oversize powder means total yield has increased.

“We have maintained a close dialogue and shared knowledge with key customers throughout the journey to reaching our quality targets. This has given us a headstart as the dairy ingredient company that produces safe, high-quality ingredients for the most sensitive consumers – and produces them efficiently every time,” Wikman says.

Arla Foods Ingredients supports the recommendation by the World Health Organization that infants should be exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life, wherever possible

For more information, contact ingredients@arlafoods.com